Arubayi Damaro Olusoji and Ugboma Ceaser Tome
This research sought to investigate how the level of career adaptability relates to the job performance of employees within three insurance companies specifically chosen from Delta State, Nigeria. For data collection purposes, this study utilized two dimensions of career adaptability (namely curiosity and anxiety) and employed a questionnaire as the primary tool. The questionnaire was administered to 110 participants, and 102 fully completed responses were obtained. The collected data underwent analysis utilizing various statistical techniques, including descriptive statistics such as simple percentages, frequency counts, mean, standard deviation, skewness, kurtosis, and Karl Pearson correlation. Additionally, diagnostic statistics such as variance inflation factor and the Breusch-Pagan test were employed to examine heteroskedasticity, while inferential statistics such as simple regression were utilized for further analysis. The findings from the simple regression analysis revealed specific results, demonstrating a significant correlation between employees' performance and the anxiety dimension of career adaptability (df=1, 100, f-ratio=65.25; p-value of 0.0000). Additionally, the regression analysis highlighted a notable connection between employees' performance and the curiosity dimension of career adaptability (df=1, 100, f-ratio=61.26; p-value of 0.0000). Based on these results, it is recommended that insurance companies prioritize the consideration of employees' career adaptability as a vital factor during the recruitment and selection process in order to enhance their success. Furthermore, insurance company management should give utmost importance to fostering career adaptability within the workforce through educational initiatives and guidance, enabling employees to maximize their performance for the benefit of both the organization and themselves. This study addresses a significant research gap in the human resource management (HRM) literature by investigating the correlation between career adaptability and employee performance within the Nigerian context.
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